This week’s Cook the Book Fridays recipe from My Paris Kitchen is a perfect example of how the book contains recipes, not for “French” food, per se, but for dishes influenced by other cultures that you see more and more of in Paris. Slaw is not something I’d typically think of when I think “Paris” or “French food” but it is the type of dish that David Lebovitz enjoys and it’s the type of thing you’ll see more and more in restaurants in Paris these days.
This is a simple slaw dressed with a creamy mayonnaise dressing containing minced garlic (the recipe calls for two TABLEspoons, one Cook the Book Fridays member said this was an error and it should be 2 TEAspoons though I am not sure where she saw this. In any case, I measure garlic in cloves…), red wine vinegar (I used white wine vinegar since that’s all I had), Dijon mustard and pepper.
With two cloves of garlic it was INTENSE (and that was the full amount of vegetables and dressing). David said 6 cups of vegetables serves 4 as a side-salad serving or 2 as a generous main course – which is a huge portion (1.5 cups of veggies per person and 1/4 cup of the dressing for the side-salad size) so we ate this over the course of a couple of meals (all slaw, all the time!) and the next day when there was about 1/3 of the salad left, I made a fresh batch of the dressing and salad for a dinner with friends, left out the garlic and mixed the fresh batch with the leftovers and the garlic balance was spot on. I’d say for the full amount of dressing, 1 clove of garlic would be the perfect amount – you can always add more but it’s hard to take it out!
I liked this a lot, once the garlic intensity was sorted out and the fact that you can quickly jazz up a store-bought mayo with some pantry staples is something I’ll be remembering over the summer.
Get the recipe for Raw Vegetable Slaw with Creamy Garlic Dressing on p 96 of My Paris Kitchen.
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